The Morphine Connection
As an attorney with significant familiarity with medical issues, the fact that Terri Schiavo is receiving morphine doses (check article's end--credit to Drudge), makes me wonder whether Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, really believes the dung he is shoveling, or he is simply a shill for the creepy right to die movement.
Morphine has only palliative value. It can only relieve pain and add comfort. But why on earth would a brain-dead person whose expedition towards the hereafter is described by Felos as "very peaceful. She looked calm..." require relief of pain? They claimed earlier that her alleged persistent vegetative state and alleged absence of cerebral activity precluded any experience of pain.
I am disregarding the comments of the Schindler family as to the status of Terri's strength and responses to stimuli, as people in crisis often see mirages in the depths of their despair. But what is one to make of Felos' claims that Terri is exhibiting "light moaning and facial grimacing and tensing of arms," which was the reason the morphine was administered? A response to the pain and suffering of starvation? Or yet another flippantly dismissed "involuntary reflex action"? But then why administer the morphine?
Whatever we make of this development, it cannot in the least be interpreted to be in any way consistent with any of the diagnostic statements made by the Schiavos. And so it seems that Terri's life and death have become a painful means to wicked, self-serving ends for these men. To Michael Schiavo it was a means to a financial end (the settlement cash) which he could not have touched had he simply divorced Terri. And to Felos, a right to death advocate, she may simply be one of the eggs you have to break to make an omelet.
Plenty of comments, but one of them reminds me of an ethical challenge dealt with by the Simpsons' Reverend Lovejoy, who proclaimed that anything is moral once the state sanctions it. Yes, we all know what the courts found. I'm a lawyer who tries cases and who sometimes sees judges find things that are completely outlandish. It doesn't make such findings correct. Because the Inquisition once found the earth to revolve around the sun...